U-Haul Transforms Abandoned Property into Self-Storage Facility

The store, spanning across roughly 143,000 square feet, will become fully operational next year.

By Alexandra Pacurar

U-Haul Telegraph Road, Detroit
U-Haul Telegraph Road ,Detroit

DetroitU-Haul Moving & Storage is transforming a former Kmart Super Center unit into a full-service moving and self-storage facility. The 15.23-acre property at 19990 Telegraph Road was vacant for three years before the Phoenix-based company acquired it and opened a temporary showroom here on April 1st.

The new 143,000-square-foot store will expand U-Haul’s offer to Detroiters (currently 36 outdoor drive-up units and self-storage) with an additional 526 indoor heated units, 665 indoor climate-controlled units and a propane-dispensing pump. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and will provide truck and trailer rentals, self-storage, moving supplies and boxes, U-Box portable moving and self-storage containers, towing equipment, professional hitch installation and more.

The redevelopment is part of U-Haul’s Sustainability Initiatives, a movement aimed at supporting infill developments and helping local communities lower their carbon footprint and reduce their inventory of unused buildings.

“Our adaptive reuse of existing structures like this one is not only environmentally friendly, but it’s economically friendly because it brings local jobs and needed services to Detroit,” David Ruff, president of U-Haul Co. of Detroit, said in a prepared statement.

The new U-Haul facility in Detroit will create 12 part- and full-time jobs, once construction in completed.